Life has changed drastically since March, and I don’t know a single person who hasn’t been affected by the troubles of our current climate. I was lucky enough to just have my second semester of my freshman year of college cut short when they sent us home. I was told when leaving for spring break that they were extending vacation time by another week — and I’m not going to lie, I thought that was pretty cool.
Then I got an email from the head of the Agriculture Communications department that said the rest of our semester was going to be online, and then I realized that this was going to be both a blessing and a curse; I was able to sleep in whenever I wanted, but I didn’t get to see my friends. I could work on my classes at my own pace, but having them online also made learning new information more of a challenge, and my grades suffered because I couldn’t focus. I ended my freshman year of college taking a final on Advocating for Agriculture on my grandfather’s couch — not really the ending to my freshman year I thought it would be.
I recently found a Bible verse that gave me hope, when I look at everything going on in our world, this verse helped me with the anxiety and nerves that it has caused. Psalm 46:1-3
God is our mighty fortress,
always ready to help
in times of trouble.
And so, we won’t be afraid!
Let the earth tremble
and the mountains tumble
into the deepest sea.
Let the ocean roar and foam,
and its raging waves
shake the mountains.
This verse spoke to me about how God wants us to know that he is taking care of us, regardless of the condition of our environment. I know it’s not always easy to see in our daily life, but I trust that there is hope in our world. He tells us the world could be going crazy, but he has everything under control and is protecting us.
This doesn’t just apply to what is happening in our world or our community, but it applies to our mentality and spiritualty. You might feel like what is happening might be too much for you to handle, but the same idea from the verse can still apply. Your life can feel like the ground is shaking, the seas are crashing, and mountains are falling, but God will always be there to help you and protect you. He is giving hope to his people, and the ability to become stronger in faith.
I have been praying, talking on the phone with friends, and spending time with my family to help rationalize and understand what is going on. God has the power to do amazing things and He is constantly transforming us into the people he wants us to be. So — take a deep breath, center yourself, and support those around you.
Trust in God and know that He is with you, even during what seems to be the darkest of times.